MSc Applied Health Economics

The MSc Health Economics course provides a progression route for the Postgraduate Diploma Health Economics course offered by the University.The MSc Health Economics aims to create professionals who can independently access information and use the information to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base related to Health Economics medicine.

The online masters in Health Economics will enable more health care professionals to have the required knowledge to treat patients. It will develop problem solving and clinical skills together with preparing students to take a leadership role in Health Economics. The MSc Health Economics course is the only one of its title that is accessible online, and is not offered by any other institution. On completion of the course, you will be able to demonstrate an applied understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in an appropriate clinical setting; an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the discipline informed by current scholarship and research; advanced level critical skills designed to deal with complex problems and advanced knowledge and competence in Health Economics. 

This course is subject to validation.

Study Mode
2017
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 2 Years March On Line 8
Part-time 2 Years September On Line 8
Study Mode
2018
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 2 Years March On Line 8
Part-time 2 Years September On Line 8

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal

Aim of the module
To help students recognise, understand, interpret and apply methods used in healthcare research and critically appraise the various methodologies specific to Applied Health Economics for healthcare decision making research.

Synopsis of module content:

  • Basic terminology used in epidemiological and research studies
  • Interpreting graphical representation of epidemiological and statistical data such as Kaplan-Meier Curves, Forrest Plots and Meta-analyses
  • Calculations used in the assessment of research data such as relative risk, absolute risk, number needed to treat
  • Basic statistical tests and their applications including t-Tests, ANOVA, Chi-Square
  • Methodologies as applied to applied Health Economics for healthcare decision making research
  • Fundamentals of evidence based practice and its application into the clinical setting
  • Establishing patient registers and the value of disease specific registers
  • Research into educational principles for both health care practitioner and patient. Ethical considerations in health economics implementation

On completion of this module the student should have

  • Interpret research in Applied Health Economics for healthcare decision making
  • Display a critical understanding of the clinical implications of research and its impact upon healthcare delivery and service development
  • Apply evidence based practice into care

Module 2 - Professional Project

Teaching

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal

MSc teaching methods for this module are similar to the PG Diploma course modules, however it is run over 12 weeks.

Module 2 - Professional Project

To produce the professional project, students continue to use the online course; however much of the work is self-directed. Students are expected in the first eight weeks to interact with their tutor on a weekly basis. Students select a specific project and submit a project summary/proposal (approximately 1,500 words). Once the proposal has been approved, the professional project (10,500 words) itself is then completed through online guidance and supervision offered by the tutor.

The student and tutor will interact regularly (weekly) on the dedicated students/tutor discussion area or through any other means of communication deemed appropriate by both parties (telephone/SKYPE/email). Note of any verbal communication with the tutor is recorded on the student's journal by the student.

Teaching starts with one day of introductory lectures. The lectures series give an opportunity to meet face to face with tutors/other students prior to the online course. The lecture series are delivered by the faculty and tutors, they are a pre-course organiser, giving students the tools required to undertake the online course such as scientific writing; levels of evidence; Harvard referencing and reflective writing.

Students are not required to attend the lectures however do benefit as they get a "jump start" to the course. Students who are not able to attend, should request a skype/telephone call to orientate them onto the course and are advised to review the lecture slides.

Assessment

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal

Group project activity 20%

Reflective portfolio 10%

Case problems and discussion 40%

One hour scenario-based examination 30%

 

Module 2 - Professional Project

Project summary/proposal 1500 words (10%)

Completed Professional Project up to 10,500 words (90%)

Facilities

Students will have access to over 13,000 full-text journal articles, news articles and conference proceedings.

Admission to the course is typically through the following qualifications:

  • First degree or equivalent (including international qualifications).
  • Relevant professional healthcare (e.g. doctor, nurse) qualifications.


Those without recognised qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account. The RPL process is in line with the University of South Wales's Regulations and students seeking to access this mechanism will submit evidence to the Course Director at Learna Ltd. The portfolio will subsequently be examined in liaison with the Course Link at the Faculty of Life Sciences and Education.

RPL into the one-year top up MSc course will be considered on an individual basis dependent on students demonstrating that they have met the learning outcomes of the USW PG Diploma.

International Entry Requirements

The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2016 - July 2017 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

Apply directly to the University if you are applying for a part-time, professional or postgraduate course, an Erasmus/Exchange programme, the Legal Practice (part-time) course, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution.    

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Admissions statement 

The MSc in Health Economics is being introduced with the express purpose of promoting and enhancing professional skills and knowledge among its students which have direct relevance and application to the demands of their working roles. There is increasing competition for employment in the healthcare arena, with increasing specialisation. What's more, there is a need for postgraduate qualifications to assist with career enhancement and support specialisation.